How to Cover a Flower Pot in Fabric

Updated February 21, 2017

If you've ever splurged on a fancy decorative flower pot, you know that it can add to your decor pretty dramatically compared to a plain terra cotta or plastic. There's no need to break your budget for pretty planters when you can transform even the cheapest, plainest flower pot into a decorative pot with a favourite fabric -- and even make it waterproof and easy to clean. Try this project with leftover fabric scraps or inexpensive fabric remnants.

Wash the flower pot thoroughly with warm soapy water and allow it to dry completely.

Measure the height of the flower pot. Cut the fabric into 2-inch wide strips that are 3 inches longer than the pot's height. You'll need about eight to 12 strips to cover the pot, depending on its size.

Apply the découpage gel to the pot in a 3-inch wide stripe down the side of the pot. Brush some gel on the inside edge of the pot and on the bottom of the pot.

Lay the top edge of strip of fabric to the inside of the pot, about 1 inch from the top. Bring the strip over the top edge, down the side, and on the bottom of the pot, pressing it flat against the découpage gel as you go.

Apply another strip of découpage gel next to the first, and apply the next strip of fabric. Allow the strips to overlap slightly. Repeat until the pot is covered.

Coat the fabric with a layer of découpage gel. Allow the gel to dry completely before planting flowers in the pot.


Look for a heavy découpage gel that dries hard, rather than a lightweight paste for paper découpage. If you're using a heavy fabric such as denim, you'll need to use a heavy base coat of découpage gel. Instead of strips, you can cut the fabric into different shapes and make a patchwork pattern on the flower pot. Your finished pot should repel water. To clean, wipe with a damp cloth.

Things You'll Need

  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Heavy-duty découpage gel
  • Medium paint brush
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Delaware-based Daisy Cuinn has been writing professionally since 1997, when she became the features editor for her local biweekly music newspaper. She has been a staff writer and contributor to online and offline magazines, including "What It Is!," and Slashfood. Cuinn holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Temple University.